Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dead from apparant self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 71

Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle, 71, is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Around noon on Thursday, the Lincoln County, N.C. Communications Center received a call indicating that there would be a dead body at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, and it would be the speaker's.

Return calls to the number went unanswered.

Crews arriving at the scene found Trickle's body lying near his pickup truck.

Trickle ran in 303 races in the Sprint Cup series over the course of 24 years, finally retiring in 2002.

His best year was 1989, where he notched six top-five finishes, including three third-place finishes, driving the #84 Miller High Life Buick.

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